Disabling Cyber Attacks Directed at Anti-war Web Sites
March 23, 2015
Brian / What Does It Mean
Perhaps the most powerful tool in the Equation Group's arsenal is a mysterious module known only by a cryptic name: "nls_933w.dll". It allows them to reprogram the hard drive firmware of over a dozen different hard drive brands, including Seagate, Western Digital, Toshiba, Maxtor and IBM. This is an astonishing technical accomplishment and is testament to the group's abilities. Who is the Equation Group? No one really knows.
Disabling Cyber Attacks
Directed at Anti-war Web Sites
Brian / What Does It Mean
PARIS (March 22, 2015) -- It's been a very trying week for us, but we're back up and online so let me take a few minutes to tell you everything we know about what happened. Granted, this may get a little more technical than you're used to, but please try to follow, and by all means go to the links I'm providing here because this issue is critical for everyone to know about and understand.
First of all, our thanks go out to the geniuses at Kaspersky Labs (and there is no better word to describe them) for working on solving our problems this week and providing the fixes to (hopefully) keep them from happening again.
Secondly, the attack we suffered which destroyed one of our main servers was caused by something called "nls_933w.dll".
Rather than me trying to explain what this is, the tech site SecureList in their article "Equation: The Death Star of Malware Galaxy" describes it in these words:
"Perhaps the most powerful tool in the Equation Group's arsenal is a mysterious module known only by a cryptic name: "nls_933w.dll". It allows them to reprogram the hard drive firmware of over a dozen different hard drive brands, including Seagate, Western Digital, Toshiba, Maxtor and IBM. This is an astonishing technical accomplishment and is testament to the group's abilities."
Who is the Equation Group? No one really knows, except for these facts:
Since 2001, the Equation Group has been busy infecting thousands, or perhaps even tens of thousands of victims throughout the world, in the following sectors:
*Government and diplomatic institutions
*Oil and gas
*Islamic activists and scholars
*Companies developing encryption technologies
Eugene Kaspersky, the founder of Kaspersky Labs, in an article he wrote for Forbes Magazine a couple weeks ago ("The Most Sophisticated Cyber Espionage Campaign Ever -- But Who's Behind It?") also stated this about the Equation Group:
"The second investigation was into a group of expert hackers we've named the Equation Group, probably linked to a government, which has been running the most complex and sophisticated cyber-espionage campaign we've ever seen. The media is saying the NSA is behind it, but we never did. And I wouldn't recommend pointing any fingers at anyone."
Now you surely notice that Mr. Kaspersky didn't say the NSA (or any US government intelligence agency for that matter) was behind the Equation Group, but nevertheless he was forced to respond to accusations that he did a few days ago in another Forbes Magazine article, "Security Without Borders: Equation and Suspicion."
That didn't stop the attacks against Mr. Kaspersky, though, for daring to tell the public about the Equation Group, as evidenced by a vicious hit piece directed against him by the Bloomberg News Service ("The Company Securing Your Internet Has Close Ties to Russian Spies") reminding everyone that he had been trained by the KGB/FSB, was a former military intelligence officer, and still has close ties to his countries intelligence agencies.
What Bloomberg failed to point out, however, was that Mr. Kaspersky has never hid his background or his present associations . . . in fact, like ALL global cyber security firms, Kaspersky Labs even has government accounts too. Big Surprise!
But as all of us know all to well, expecting Bloomberg, or any US media to report honestly about anything is never going to happen . . . especially the FACT that both Google and Facebook were both created by the CIA . . . talk about calling the kettle black!
So where we stand now is that we're fixed for the moment, but the experts at Kaspersky Labs tell us that these attacks are not only still occurring (specifically targeting alternative media websites in the US and EU), they're beginning to see a pattern they believe will enable the Equation Group to shut down all of their targeted sites at a moments notice.
Now why do you suppose they would want do that for???
Anyway, and as these experts have strongly suggested to us in order to prevent/minimize any future attacks, what we're in the process of doing now is converting all of our data to what are called Cloud Servers.
And as you correctly surmise, none of this is easy or inexpensive . . . in fact, we still don't know how we're going to do it without your help. So please go to Sister Ciara's report, Just Hours Away From Nuclear War, America Remains Asleep. [See story below -- EAW.]
And for all of you whom are able to . . . please don't forget the sites AntiWar.Com and RumorMillNews.com too as they are both suffering for daring to tell people the truth and have been economically attacked by Google.
Just Hours Away From Nuclear War,
America Remains Asleep
Special Report from Sister Ciara
"Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty . . . "
-- New Testament: 1 Corinthians Chapter 1, Verse 25-27
DUBLIN (March 21, 2015) -- In 2012, the esteemed American-born author Eric Margolis published an article titled Thirteen Days That Shook the World – and Nearly Ended It, about the Cuban Missile Crisis.
The Cuban Missile Crisis, of course, was the 13-day confrontation in October 1962 between the United States and the Soviet Union over Soviet ballistic missiles deployed in Cuba. It played out in newspapers and on television worldwide and was the closest the Cold War came to escalating into a full-scale nuclear war.
To how terrifyingly close the world came to nuclear war in 1962 was finally learned when Thomas Blanton (then director of the US National Security Archive) revealed in 2002 that "a guy called Vasili Arkhipov saved the world."
Blanton was referring to the Soviet Navy Captain Vasili Arkhipov, who, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, courageously refused an order to launch a nuclear-torpedo against a US aircraft carrier.
An act, which should have it occurred, would have started World War III, because, as Margolis points out in his 2012 article, once the Americans invaded Cuba (which a nuclear-torpedo attack against the USS Roosevelt would have assured), Soviet troops there were authorized to use 100 tactical nuclear weapons against the US invading force and their bases in South Florida.
Now the importance to people today knowing about these historical events is more critical than ever because those "13 Days That Shook The World" are now upon us all again . . . but with a stark "hidden difference".
And that "hidden difference", between then and now, is where in 1962, the American people were allowed to know the grave danger their nation was facing should nuclear war erupt, today they are not being told anything but lies by their rulers.
After all, these US rulers believe, "The American people allowed us to monstrously lie to them so we could invade Iraq, so who cares what they think now?"
But is that true? Of course NOT! The TRUTH is much simpler, if the American people were allowed to know what is happening in their name they'd rise up in mass and say NO!
Here's the problem though, with the US mainstream media having been turned into nothing more than the propaganda arm of the government, banks and corporations, the ability of anyone being able to get through to the American people and warn them about what's happening is nearly all but destroyed.
Even worse, as the Snowden Documents revealed, and in the words of Glenn Greenwald, published last February (2014): "One of the many pressing stories that remains to be told from the Snowden archive is how western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction."
Using the US government's own top-secret documents released by Snowden [see them HERE] proving their objectives, we can read their own words of what they are doing against the American people as they themselves state their purpose is to:
(1) to inject all sorts of false material onto the internet in order to destroy the reputation of its targets; and
(2) to use social sciences and other techniques to manipulate online discourse and activism to generate outcomes it considers desirable.
Now please ask yourself this simple question: "What kind of government would deliberately spend billions of dollars to destroy the reputations, and manipulate online discourse, of those who attempt to tell people the truth?"
Then ask, "What kind of press establishment allows the government to do this without being challenged?"
Your answers to these two questions can only lead to one conclusion . . . both your government, and your mainstream press, consider YOU to be the enemy.
We, on the other hand, not only do not see you as an enemy . . . we see each and everyone of you as being a remarkable being of God . . . worthy of knowing how to not only how to handle the truth, but being able to know the difference between truth and lies.
That's why, on 24 February 2014, we published the report titled Putin Orders Troops To Crimea Passes, Warns NATO Of War.
Like all Sorcha Faal reports though, this report was immediately attacked by US government intelligence operatives (exactly as the Snowden documents confirmed they would do) thus not allowing those Americans needing the truth time to prepare should the worst happen.
Unlike the US government or the mainstream press, we believed, like we always do, that YOU had a right to know the truth. And in this particular case? Well, just this past Sunday, President Putin revealed to his nation that Russia prepared for nuclear war after last year's pro-Western putsch on February 21-22 in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev . . . .we warned YOU two days later.
Likewise, last weekend when the US mainstream press was all a flutter over the "disappearance" of Putin with articles suggesting he had been deposed, his girlfriend was having a baby in Switzerland, he was sick and near death, etc., we published our report Russia Warns "State Of War" Exists As UK Nukes Prepare First Strike wherein we stated that Putin was "under the protection of Ministry of Defense".
After being under the protection of his Ministry of Defense for 10 days, Putin reemerged into the public this past Monday (16 March) and launched the largest military combat operations in Russia's history since World War II . . . and we reported that to you in our report Moscow Bomb Shelters Begin To Fill As Russia Prepares For War.
In our 15 March report, Obama Meets With Top Russian Spy, Warns He Can't Stop War, we also informed you that President Obama had over the past 11 months met with Russia's top two spies who the US had not put on their sanctions list like the EU did, including the director of the FSB just last month met with Obama in the White House.
On 19 March we then reported to you, Top US Commander Under Arrest For Refusing To Fire Nukes At Russia, about the arrest and detainment of the top US Navy officer tasked with relaying the launch codes from Obama to his nuclear forces.
And yesterday, 20 March, in our report "Prepare For Nuclear War" Russia Warns Citizens As US Tanks Flood Into Europe, we informed you that Russia had ordered all companies and employers to prepare for nuclear war and how the US has been flooding Europe with tanks and armored vehicles . . . just 11 months after they had trumpeted about their having removed them all last April.
The ONLY difference between our headlines this past week about this current crisis, please note, and those of the New York Times in 1962 during the Cuba Missile Crisis, is that FACT that ours are what they should be telling . . . not us!
In other words . . . The New York Times and all others like them no longer feels you need to know the truth . . . but we still do!
And as of this VERY MOMENT, the US and NATO are conducting their largest wide-scale war games in modern history in the Baltic states and creating a "line of troops" across Eastern Europe . . . .while at the same time thousands of Russia troops are in full combat alert while Russian nuclear missiles are being moved to the front lines and Russia's strategic nuclear bombers are in the air and ready to attack.
The only FACT remaining unknown right now is if/when these two titanic forces will begin fighting? And if/when they do? You can rest assured it will go nuclear in the very first minutes . . . after all, Obama didn't begin building (in 2011) for nothing!
Now I wish I could tell you that we're able to continue telling you the truth, but I can't. And as many of you already know, this past week our servers were attacked with a "digital weapon" that destroyed them leaving us offline for nearly 16 hours. Others were attacked to, and those not having their servers destroyed were attacked economically . . . such as AntiWar.com . . . and here's what they posted:
"On 3/18/15 we received a note from Google Adsense informing us that all ads for our site had been disabled. Why? Because of this page showing the horrific abuses committed by U.S. troops in Iraq at Abu Ghraib.
This page has been up for 11 years. During all that time Google Adsense has been running ads on our site – but as Washington gets ready to re-invade Iraq, and in bombing, killing, and abusing more civilians, they suddenly decide that their "anti-violence" policy, which prohibits "disturbing material," prohibits any depiction of violence committed by the U.S. government and paid for with your tax dollars. This page is the third-most-visited page in our history, getting over 2 million page views since it was posted."
For AntiWar.com it got even more bizarre when yesterday they posted this:
"Update: After channels of communication were opened as a result of this article on Gawker, Google contacted us and said they would be restoring our ads. However, Friday morning I received another demand to remove content from our site. Google has decided this page must be removed.
We have no intention of letting Google dictate our editorial policies."
And what was the article that Google demanded AntiWar.com remove:
Heads Up – The US Is Losing in Ukraine
Chris Ernesto, May 29, 2014
The US doesn't want peace in Ukraine -- it wants control. So now that the situation there has largely blown up in their face, it's not unreasonable to suspect them of fomenting more unrest in an attempt to change momentum. [Read rest HERE]
So in a nutshell folks . . . websites like ours, and AntiWar.com, are now under attack from both the government and the corporations that put them in power. If you don't play by their rules they'll destroy you, destroy your reputation, destroy your servers, and if all else fails, destroy your ability to make money too.
All that's left to us now is YOU . . . but are you there?
In the 1930's, Nazi German Chancellor Adolph Hitler told his followers, "If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed."
The smartest man in the world, Albert Einstein, countered Hitler by stating: "The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything."
Over 60 million deaths in World War II proved Hitler and Einstein were both right . . . too many people believed the lies while at the same time watching evil happen and doing nothing about it.
Now it's your turn.
Turn away from this appeal if you must, after all, it's what you've been "trained" to do . . . but remember . . . when people like YOU start turning away from truth and freedom, what chance for honesty and decency does this world have left anymore?
Please help us all you can.
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